Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD Review (256GB) – 100,000 IOPS and Excellent Performance


There is a consistent that you will find in every Plextor SSD, in that, their partnership with Marvell for their SSD controller supplier and Toshiba for their memory is  as strong as oak.  With that comes the engineering expertise to fine tune your product, as they have with the 1.02 firmware, and provide more to the customer without the price premium.  In fact, Plextor went a step further to provide the opportunity to update your M5 Pro with the new firmware, in order to bring it more in line with the M5 Pro Xtreme.

Performance for the M5Pro Xtreme was very similar to the M5Pro, however, there were hints of things to come when we started seeing small, but recognizable, boosts in the key metrics such as low 4k random write performance.  This should have been a good indicator of the PCMark Vantage result to come, but we were surprised nevertheless.  Performance of the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme SSD is excellent and this is a top tier SSD.

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Availability is a given as the M5 Pro Xtreme is already available and price, well we were impressed that the M5 Pro Xtreme was found cheaper than the M5 Pro and, better yet, that it was found at under $1/GB.  Don’t get me wrong when I say that it could be a bit lower because Plextor has made available a top level SSD to the consumer and many will say that it is worth every penny.  The simple fact is that we are finding so many similar SSDs these days floating at, or just above, the $200 mark that we might suggest to Plextor that prices come down just a bit.

Last but not least, the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme has earned a solid recommendation as one of the better SSDs we have tested to date, an SSD that can definitely be spoken of as a top tier SSD and has earned our Gold Seal.

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    Why is the 256GB OCZ Vector that was reviewed by this site missing from the Top 25 SATA 3 SSDs in the Vantage Chart?

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    Your link to Amazon actually shows the Extreme, with shipping, is a little more expensive than the Pro, which ships for free.


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    Bought it last weekend because of this review!! 😀

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    I think Les you should definitely update yours “SATA 3 SSD PCMark Vantage Point Total” in “SSD Benchmark Locker”.
    People could draw the wrong conclusions from the current results

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    Still looks like if a fella wants the overall fastest, the Samsung 840 Pro is it. What’s a few dollars?

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    I have to say, for the price point of this drive, it performs very well. I have been a longtime user of OCZ products as I have never had any problems with them and their Vector line is incredible. With that said, I am currently using the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme and the performance is exactly as stated in this review. It is a solid drive and I recommend anyone who wants to save a bit of money and still have great performance to get this drive.

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    I’d like to follow up with another comment about this drive. I have continued to be impressed with this hard drive. After reviewing many different drives and testing their performance, this one still continues to impress. Let’s be realistic here. You take the top 5 best drives, which Plextor M5P is apart of, and put each one into identical setups you are highly unlikely to see any different in boot speed or how fast programs open and close. It is simply a great drive and a great price. Do yourself a favor, and purchase it. I couldn’t be happier.

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